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More major companies join coalition calling for cap on carbon
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-05-09 14:47

One dozen major companies from across the United States on Tuesday joined a business coalition that is calling for Congress to put a firm cap on carbon emissions.

General Motors Corp.(GM) became the first automobile manufacturer to join the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), "potentially breaking the long stalemate over rising emissions from the transportation sector," said a press release issued by Environmental Defense.

Launched in January, USCAP is asking Congress to adopt a mandatory, comprehensive greenhouse gas cap and trade system that reduces emissions by 60 to 80 percent from currently levels by 2050.

"Cars and light trucks are a significant contribute to U.S. carbon emissions, and GM's support of the USCAP reduction targets and timelines is a strong signal to Congress to act quickly on a comprehensive climate bill," the press release said.

"We look forward to continuing to work with General Motors and other USCAP members to advance a national policy that engages all sectors, including transportation, in cost-effective solutions that harness technology and stimulate innovation," John DeCicco, Environmental Defense's Michigan-based automotive policy specialist, was quoted as saying.

Other companies joined the coalition Tuesday included American International Group, Alcan, Boston Scientific, ConocoPhilips, Deere & Company, Dow Chemical Co., Johnson & Johnson, Marsh Inc., Pepsico, Shell and Siemens.

The new companies doubled the size of USCAP, creating "an unprecedented alliance for the creation of a firm cap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," the press release said.

Environmental Defense, a national nonprofit organization, represents more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, it has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems, according to the press release.

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